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. no one thinks that. >> i never said this was about home schooling. >> george w. bush signed -- >> i want to give you a chance, john. effectively explain how the u.n. would intervene in the household or schooling matters affecting american citizens. how would they functionally do it? interfere. >> if the u.s. signs a treaty, they're responsible for living up to that treaty and can enforce that treaty. what you're basically saying is why don't we sign the treaty and we'll just ignore it and hope other countries live up to it. >> he doesn't have an answer, chris. >> that's the answer. let me ask you this, why don't we do this -- >> i want to do him a favor. i want to endorse rick santorum for the republican nomination in 2016. >> i think you've been very clever there, john, to say some people think. do you think it? >> i think -- >> do you fear u.n. hopes coming into our country? >> it makes me very nervous when we take countries that have no beliefs in civil liberties, countries who are terrible on human rights and we say we're going to put you in charge of decisions -- >> that's not what
romney lashed him to george w. bush. the bottom line is romney could not counter the obama narrative that he wanted to go back to the policies that got the country in trouble in the first place. this was largely due to his campaign's strategic decision to try to make the election solely a referendum on obama. as a result, there was little clear rationale for a romney presidency, other than he would not be obama. david winstin joins us, adviser to john boehner, unpaid, advised newt beginning rich. david, thanks for joining us. i was trying to read your thinking here and post election analysis. i think it's so interesting. if you get people angry about the way things are economic alley you think they'll blame the incumbent but it seems like a lot of people said, yeah, things aren't that great, especially poor working people, bush. >> governor romney thought this would be a referendum of barack obama. case closed. when you take a look at group of voters who said the economy was not so good, so you would think that would be an opportunity for governor romney, actually the president carri
with democrats in washington. tonight, donna brazile and david frum, former speech writer for george w. bush. donna, you know hillary clinton and you know her so well. the poll numbers look pretty stunning, but you know, it's easy to talk about something in the hypothetical, then someone runs and people start finding out all kinds of bad things about you. what do you think? first of all, there are 1,422 days until the next big presidential election. >> who's counting, donna? >> i'm always counting. i think secretary clinton is a phenomenal woman. she has been a proven leader at the state department. she has not only the right credentials if she decides to run, but i believe that right now, she's focusing on the job at hand. tomorrow, she'll be i think she's giving a human rights speech in ireland and beyond that, i think she just want to complete her tenure as secretary of state. perhaps rest, revive and get herself back into the campaign lifestyle that maybe she wants to get back into, but i think she has enough time to figure out what she wants to do. perhaps write a book on her amazing ac
frat owe and former white house deputy press secretary under president george w. bush and managing partner at hamilton place strategies kiki mclean, senior adviser to the 2008 hillary clinton presidential campaign. good morning. >> good morning. >> tony, do republicans sit back and wish governor sununu would quit talking? >> not only is it offensive to a large part of the lack trat, it happens to be wrong. republicans did very well and in fact governor romney did very well among lower income voters. so it's wrong but we shouldn't be talking that way. we should be talking about all americans and economic opportunity for all americans and trying to achieve that. that's the important thing. >> governor sununu of course has made controversial comments before. let me play for you what he said about president obama after the first presidential debate back in october. >> what people saw last night i think was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are. >> john sununu also su
source, former president george w. bush. in only his second major speech since leaving office the 43rd president called on lawmakers to revamp immigration laws. >> america can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. as our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, i hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants. >> this is part of a larger story. some republicans looking to overhaul immigration after getting pummeled in the presidential election including a new gop superpack that hopes to give conservative donors a better return on their millions. joining me congressman luis gutierrez, democrat from illinois and member of the congressional hispanic caucus. always good to see you. >> thanks, chris, good morning. >> president obama won 71% of the latino vote we heard romney campaign manager saying he regretted running hard to the right in the primary. the opposing view is the gop's latino problem isn't based on immigration issues. there's a pew exit poll of hispanic voters taken in november found imm
with the patriarch of a family we know well. former president george h.w. bush, 88 years old. we learned today he's been in a houston hospital for nearly a week, for bronchitis, a cough he just can't shake. his doctors say it is not life threatening. they hope to release him soon and we wish him well. >>> and, a white-knuckle fishing trip for a father and daughter in australia. it's our video in the news. watch. a young girl yelling for her dad as two massive humpback whales get way too close to their small fishing boat. listen to her. >> oh, my god, daddy. right there. no closer, please. it's going -- oh, my god, daddy, he's under us. >> that video is burning up the internet tonight. but it has a happy ending. the gentle giants dived under the little motor boat, then calmly came up and swam away. >>> and, now, next, the annual list of the most popular baby names was released today. and here are the top three picks for boys and the top three picks for girls. but as we scanned the whole list, we noticed something unmistakable. the fastest rising names are ana, anastasia and grey. do they ring a be
of 1990 at andrews air force base where george h.w. bush went in there. we forget now how incredibly overwhelming the deficit story was at that point. you know, you look at that administration. the coming in, just no one thought they could do anything. it's not unlike the conversations we're having now. and they went in, they did the deal, president bush had to shift from read my lips to as only he could put it, read my hips. and it was good for the country, it created a political dynamic that cost president bush the election in 1992, and which we're still living, because that gave us grover norquist, et cetera. >> let's get to grover norquist in a minute, but i do have a question. the gop plan consists of $2.2 trillion in savings over a decade. that includes raging the eligibility age for medicare from 65 to 67. and lowering cost of living increases for social security benefits. they also propose overhauling the tax code to generate $800 billion in new revenue. but without raising taxes on the wealthy. in a letter to the president, leading republicans compared their plan to one ersk
from the expiration of the george w. bush tax cuts for the top 2%. now, i want to make this clear. i said this earlier as it's worth repeating because it's not said very often. every american taxpayer gets a tax reduction. the superwealthy to the very minimum taxpayer in this nation gets a reduction in what the president is proposing and that is to continue the current tax rate on those under $250,000, adjusted gross income. for those who have income over and above that, they get that tax reduction and above that they are going to pay an additional amount up to 3.9% in two different traunches. so everyone gets a tax break, but those superwealthy, the 2%, they're going to pay for and that will amount to a substantial amount of money over 10 years and frankly they've had 12 years of really low, low taxes, the lowest taxes really ever since the 1930's. the president has also proposed something that's very important. we talked about this last week. i want to talk about this again the next time we come here and that is, how do we grow jobs, how do we put people back to work? the president
george h.w. bush, the first president bush, who by the way of course was a world war ii veteran, did heroic things during that war. and it also has the support of former senate majority leader bob dole, certainly a patriot. senator dole, a disabled veteran from world war ii, who led the fight to pass the treaty, was here yesterday urging republicans to support it. now, mr. president, think about that. robert dole, who was grievously injured in world war ii, spent more than two years in a hospital, he came to this senate floor, and the first speech he gave was on disabilities, and we needed to do something about it. he was here -- he led the fight to pass the treaty, urging republicans to support it. a few republicans greeted him as he was in his wheelchair here. they greeted this 89-year-old war hero, i repeat, patriot, who just last week was in walter reed hospital. then one by one, all but a handful of them voted against the treaty, ensuring its failure. but their professed reasons for opposing it had no basis in fact -- none. most republicans acknowledge that. some use an excuse,
treatment visited by several of his children including former president george w. bush. the royal family getting a new member. the st. james' palace saying they are expecting a baby. the queen and members of the both pams are delighted with the news. the duchess is in the very early stages of pregnancy. those are the head lines. >> oh, that's fun. a royal baby. >> yes, thank you, lauren greern. >> sure. >> to charlie, the president must want fat cats to support the plan to end the fiscal cliff impasse. we have the behind the scene meetings between the executives. >> caught a lot of people by surprise. it was last week where deputy secretary of state, tom nides, went to the city, held a series of meetings, which senior wall street executives, the two meetings i know about, larry fink, the ceo of black rock, and james foreman -- >> such buddies. >> who? >> you and larry fink. >> we'll deal with that later. might not be after this story. the ceo of morgan stanley, basically broad based talks, dinner meetings. what did they talk about? the fiscal cliff and where wall street stands in in thin
president george h. w. bush expected to remain in a houston hospital throughout the weekend. mr. bush is 88 years old and in stable condition now and being kept at methodist hospital because of a lingering cough, related to bronchitus. he's ninety-nine been in and out of the hospital because of complications. his cough is taking longer to clear up and doctors say they want to play it safe. >> we are learning what caused a train to derail. it was hauling a load of dangerous chemicals. the train went off and sent 7 cars partially into a creek. one of the cars leaking a colorless gas used to make pvc . breathing it in can be deadly. authorities evacuated nearby homes. >> most of the results have been in the nondetect range or elevated range that we would not have acute health impacts on people. evacuation will remain in affect throughout the weekend and possibly longer. ntsb trying to determine the cause of the accident. the crew on the train tried to repair a malfunctions red signal light and got verbal permission to crash. only a few cars made it before the others jumped the track. >> we are
now. save later. >>heather: and now a quick check of the headlines, former president george h.w. bush is still in the hospital with bronchitis. today is the 20th anniversary of the text message. the first message read "merry christmas." the spirit of giving this holiday season, the coast guard ship with 1,300 christmas trees being distributed to families in need in the chicago area. >>gregg: u.n. ambassador susan rice's potential nomination as secretary of state and new questions over her attempts to explain her remarks of the terror attack on the consulate in libya that were flatout wrong. and now, bringing them back, our political insiders. congressman, normally, when a potential nominee or a nominee migrates to capitol hill to meet with the senators they go behind closed doors and make nice and come out and the senators say it is wonderful, i probably could vote for her, i will give her every opportunity. but rice comes out of the meetings and the senators are more opposed than ever before. >> you have to wonder what went on in the meetings. she wants to be the chief diplomat of th
president george w. bush. hopefully he will be going home very soon. martha: there are around the clock demonstrations in egypt as president morsi and the muslim brotherhood push through a hard-line islamist constitution. morsi supporters blocked them from entering the courthouse in order to give a ruling on this constitution. steve harrigan joins us from there. where do we stand now with this constitutional court having no ability to rule at this point? >> reporter: the most unusual situation in cairo where you have egypt's top court whose judges now say basically they are afraid to do their job. they were supposed to enter the court sunday to get to work. there was a crowd of pro-government protester surrounding that white house. the judges say they felt intimidated by the crowd both physically and psychologically intimidated. so for now they suspended all their work. martha: we can hear the sound of the protesters behind you. what i next in tahrir square? >> reporter: it's a competition between the two sides. those who support this president and those who want to drive him out of off
breaking news we are learning about. former president george h. w. bush has been admitted to the houston in methodist hospital, the first president bush, forty-one, or according to hospital folks will embarrass spokeswoman, a former president is being treated because of bronchitis. that is all we know. former president bush, reported to be bronchitis. we have more throughout the day. we talk all the time about the military but here's another area where automatic cuts are coming and a debt deal is reached by the end of the year. education. congressional budget office's federal education programs would lose $5 billion or close to 8% of their budget. we have randy weingartner with us from d.c.. you want to avoid the worst-case scenario for obvious reasons, what we talk about with the military but some education cuts going forward in this environment inevitable? >> let me just say our prayers are with president bush and i hope he has a speedy recovery. we have had cut after cut after cut in education in the last four years. in this recessionary environment most of the dollars in education ar
's lunch meeting in the private residence. >>> we are following developing news. former president george h.w. bush has been hospitalized. we'll update you on his condition. >>> plus, we are just now an hour away from an historic u.n. vote on the palestinian's bid for statehood. israel's vice prime minister joins me live. now we need a little bit more... [ male announcer ] at humana, we understand the value of quality time and personal attention. which is why we are proud to partner with health care professionals who understand the difference that quality time with our members can make... that's a very nice cake! ohh! [ giggles ] [ male announcer ] humana thanks the physicians, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists and other health professionals who helped us achieve the highest average star rating among national medicare companies... and become the first and only national medicare advantage company to achieve a 5-star rating for a medicare plan... your efforts result in the quality of care and service we're able to provide... which means better health outcomes... and more quality time to share with
after people kicked their president out. and a health care for former president george h.w. bush, he has been in the hospital for a week now. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. >>shepard: 17 minutes past the hour. egyptian president morsi has recorded a statement on the uprising in the crucial area of the middle east and egyptian lawmakers are returning to complete a brand new constitution that could end president morsi's power grab. last week he essentially maim himself a dictator. he issued several decrees including an order that all decisions he makes are final and he is essentially above the law and frankly the people and the judges went nuts. a new constitution would revoke the decrees but protesters say the lawmakers are islamists as is president morsi so there is, well, a lot of questions. opposition leaders fear the islamists will push laws that limit civil liberties and limit the rights of women and mi
. this is "the five." >> eric: breaking news about the former president george h.w. bush. he is currentfully stable condition after being admitted to the methodist hospital in houston, texas, for treatment of a lingering cough. he is 88 years old and has been in and out of the hospital with lingering pull mo noir issues. your thoughts on him quickly. >> dana: good news today because i talked to somebody close to him on his staff and said he had bronchitis and they were worried that it might turn in to pneumonia. but he is doing great because the hospital staff is charmed. feeling better. wish him the best. >> eric: all the best. feel better. our prayers and our hearts go out. keep you up to date on the story. president obama had an interesting lunch today. governor romney spent an hour or so at 1600 pennsylvania avenue we check it out and found the practice is pretty darn common. look at the pictures. president obama with john mccain in 2008. bush and clinton in '92. bush and dukakis in '88. carter and reagan in 198. oddly enough, though, bob there was one loser we couldn't find. turns out m
ordered the closing of the facility when he took office in 2009. former president george h.w. bush expected to be released from a houston hospital in three days. mr. bush's office says he has been in and out of the facility treated for bronchitis. up next, egypt's president tries to smooth things over. [ male announcer ] introducing... a new way to save on your prescriptions. it's the aarp medicarerx saver plus plan from unitedhealthcare. with this plan, you can get copays as low as a dollar through a preferred network pharmacy like walgreens -- where you'll find 8,000 convenient locations. best of all, this plan has the lowest part d premium in the united states -- only $15 a month. open enrollment ends december 7th. so call today or visit your local walgreens. >> bret: egypt's president is trying to diffuse an increasingly tense political situation over last week's perceived power grab. he addressed his people a short time ago. correspondent steve harrigan is live in cairo where it's early friday morning. hello again, steve. >> egypt constitutional assembly trying to push through
council in january. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in a houston hospital tonight. a spokesperson reveals he's been at methodist hospital since the day after thanksgiving. bush has been suffering from viral bronchitis. the 88-year-old former president also had a form of parkinson's disease and that makes it difficult for him to walk. he is recovering from his bronchitis. >>> it should be through the bay area a little more rapidly you will see it here. it is raining heavy along the coast and in san rafael. even parts of san francisco out by the cliff house. 1:00a.m., you see the bulk of it now moving through the central bay. that's about three hours earlier than it was going to be. at 2:00 a.m. you see real heavy stuff around here near the san mateo coastline. wind gusts of up to 30 to 50- miles-an-hour. 4:00a.m. you see it starting to taper. it's in the south bay. the commute is just starting. the early commute. there's the back edge. santa rosa is just starting to see some breaks. you see the break here from san francisco south, we go a little further to 7:00 a.m
will start in march. today's request will go before a full council in january. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in a houston hospital tonight. a spokesperson reveals he's been at methodist hospital since the day after thanksgiving. bush has been suffering from viral bronchitis. the 88-year-old former president also had a form of parkinson's disease and that makes it difficult for him to walk. he is recovering from his bronchitis. >>> it should be through the bay area a little more rapidly you will see it here. it is raining heavy along the coast and in san rafael. even parts of san francisco out by the cliff house. 1:00a.m., you see the bulk of it now moving through the central bay. that's about three hours earlier than it was going to be. at 2:00 a.m. you see real heavy stuff around here near the san mateo coastline. wind gusts of up to 30 to 50- miles-an-hour. 4:00a.m. you see it starting to taper. it's in the south bay. the commute is just starting. the early commute. there's the back edge. santa rosa is just starting to see some breaks. you see the break here from san francis
an amendment that would have that effect. the way we stopped all of this nonsense back in the george h.w. bush administration was by threatening to do just that. congress wrote part of what we have threatened into law. they did not cover this particular circumstance. it was the weakness of the obama administration going back to last year when the palestinians joined unesco vote. if they used the diplomatic tools this vote would not have taken place. >>neil: do you get the feeling as a naive observer, it is us and israel looking more like custer, the whole world is going one way? and we are watching. >>guest: only if you think the u.n. compound in are you it people bay in manhattan is not the twilight zone. the whole argument about in vote yesterday was abbas is down because hamas has been firing rockets and we have to lit -- lift him up and many of our european friends vote if favor of this and that is the kind of thing that discredits the u.n. i don't think we should worry about it in the macro sense but i do think this is going to be used very much against israel. and they are making a mista
have been taxaphobic ever since george h.w. bush raised the taxes back in 1990. he lost the election. they have been afraid to do it ever since. >> e.j. dionne, thank you so much for your time. have a nice great weekend. >> and great to be with you. thank you. >>> coming up, karl rove finally has the answer. he knows exactly why he blew through $300 million for his billionaire buddies. you've got to hear this. >>> and scott walker's so concerned about retirees that he want to get rid of same-day voting registration. i wonder what they think. he won't like the response. that's next. [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ when you give a child a toy, it has to work. ♪ make just one someone happy and when it's a toys for tots child, well, what could
republican presidents, reagan nixon and george h.w. bush. we know his politics. he said he got out of the politics when he went into t.v. last month, there is a report about how he tried to give guidance to condoleezza rice when she was in the administration. there's a big difference between having political views and commentators and actively trying to influence the news. >> the notion that this conversation was recorded, petraeus at the time this was a senior government if i recall. you go in there and you record your conversation with him that's a little bizarre isn't it? >> the c.i.a. gets recorded, so i don't know, there's a whole dimension to that. the interesting thing is ails is not effectively making kings. as we watch the george bush, the last republican president, was not, you know, didn't have a contract at fox news. they've been doing this stuff but haven't been effective at it. in the primary we watched people on stage. they are not in the white house right now. as they're doing it, as, you know as we're kind of disgusted by the whole notion of it, it's not effective
. george w. bush signed in a phase-out of the estate tax. the top rate stays at 55%. the exemption level started rising from $1 million and going up. it was repealed completely in 2010 for one year. then it sprang back to life as part of the extension of the bush tax cuts that president obama signed into law. you have a debate -- very few members dispute that it needs to be continued. the debate is over whether you continue it at the current level. there is an exemption level, $10 million for a couple. or at the white house would prefer a 45% rate. that is the debate right now. there's a split among democrats. the white house wants a less generous estate tax. red-leaning states like max baucus. host: that was the headline recently in "the wall street journal," showing the senators. at its highest, what was the estate tax? how many people did the estate tax affect? guest: we are talking tens of thousands. right now it affects 3000 estates. the exemption level is set high historical novel. it has come down significantly. big argument from conservatives is it hits small businesses and farms
. in 2001, president george w. bush decided to spend a large portion of the surpluses he inherited from president clinton to cut tax rates. many democrats opposed him then because the tax cuts were unfair, favoring the highest-income americans. to overcome that obstacle, the republicans resorted to a parliamentary technique, budget reconciliation, a maneuver that allowed for passage of their tax cuts but forced them to expire after 2010, at the end of the ten-year budget window. so we scroll forward to 2010. as 2010 ended, president obama and many democrats in congress, including myself, wanted to extend the tax cuts for middle-class families but let rates on income above $200,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a family revert to the clinton era levels. our senate republican friends filibustered that effort, refusing to allow the middle-class tax cut without a tax cut for the highest incomes as well. their hostage strategy worked that time and the president and senate democrats reluctantly agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years. so now the two years is up and these tax rat
the george w. bush and clinton administrations. both of you went to the same university. i'm sure you can agree on everything today. dr. zandi first. >> thank you for the opportunity. it is an honor to be here with heaven, a good friend of mine. let me say -- kevin, a good friend of mine. let me say that these are my own personal views. lawmakers have to resolve three issues -- first, the fiscal cliff. second, raising the treasury debt ceiling, which as you know is becoming an issue rarely soon. third, achieving long-term fiscal sustainability. that is deficit reduction and tax increases and spending cuts that allow the gdp ratio to stabilize by the end of the decade. these three things need to be done now. in terms of the fiscal cliff, if policy is unchanged and we go over the cliff and there is still no change after that, the gdp in 2013 will 3.5 percentage points. subtract that and that is a severe recession. cbo and others are probably us are animating how severe that will be -- are underestimating how severe that will be because confidence is very weak. it is unclear how the reserve
president, george h.w. bush is in stable condition this morning in a houston hospital. he was admitted a week ago and being treated for bronchitis. he's expected to be released in the next few days. he is 88 years old. >>> scientists report the mile thick ice sheets that cover greenland and antarctica are melting. we have lost tons of ice in the last 20 years raising the sea level by 7/16 inch. >>> thursday night football action. falcons in atlanta. they got off to a 17-0 lead before the saints scored a single point. atlanta defense had a good night. five interceptions. falcons go on to win it. they are now 11-1 on the year. atlanta could clench the nfc south if they lose to denver on sunday. >> all right. she's bruised, but not broken. coming up, inside lady liberty for a look at the damage left behind by sandy to see what needs to be done to get this american icon back up and running. dermatologist recommendedcer ] aveeno has an oat formula, now proven to build a moisture reserve, so skin can replenish itself. that's healthy skin for life. only from aveeno. make a wish! i wish we cou
support it? because george h.w. bush started this process and president george w. bush signed the treaty to participate in it. and because in the end, this treaty and our participation in it -- and this is the most important -- can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. because to join it is to keep faith with the men and women who have suffered grievous disability in defense of our nation, and we owe them nothing less. this treaty is not about changing america. it's about america changing the world. but a vote here is a test of this institution. this vote is a test of whether the senate, which passed the civil rights act and the voting rights act and the americans with disabilities act, is still capable of voting to change things, let alone send a message that could change the world. i ask colleagues to do for the world what they've done for america -- walk down the aisle here and for millions everywhere who cannot walk make a stateme statement. raise your voice and vote for millions who are voiceless in their own lands. stand up for those who cannot stand up for them
like a cake. we have to take a break. update about former president george h.w. bush hospitalized in houston quote, president bush has been in and out of the methodist hospital in the texas medical center treated for complications relating to his bronchitis. he's in stable condition and is expected to released within the next 72 hours. >>> coming up, president obama may be meeting with governor romney today but also hosting other special and possibly much, much smarter guests at the white house. we'll reveal the vips next. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. to provide a better benefits package... o
now. just getting information about former president george h.w. bush. a source close to the bush family has confirmed he is hospitalized in houston suffering from cronkikro bronch. he has had a severe cough and been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks. he's in the hospital now as an abundance of caution. we'll keep you posted. >>> today egyptian president morsi will explain why he had assumed near absolute powers. this move sparked days of nationwide riots. and a government study is saying that the prison at guantanamo bay could close and u.s. prisons could safely hold the inmates. 166 people are being held accused of plotting terror attacks against the u.s. now, supporters say the move will save millions of dollars. >>> troubled actress lindsay lohan spent the morning under arrest at a new york city police station. the nypd cuffed the 26-year-old after allegedly punching another woman at a new york city night club. no word yet on what prompted the alleged fight. >>> a sign of the season here at nbc. did you catch it? the rockefeller center christmas tree all
.n. vote on statehood. >>> former president george h.w. bush will likely leave the hospital this weekend. doctors say the 88-year-old quickly recovered from viral bronchitis and a secondary infection. >>> a bankruptcy court approved the liquidation of hostess brands. the company says more than 100 companies are interested in buying its famous brands which include twinkies. the court also approved nearly $2 million in executive payout bonuses. >>> michael jackson's father, joe jackson, is recovering from a mild stroke in las vegas. family, friends say the 83-year-old is back to normal, talking and making jokes. >>> one of new york's kindest is speaking out today. you may have seen this internet sensation, this picture of showing an nypd officer giving new socks and boots to a barefoot homeless man. on "today," the officer talked about his newfound celebrity. >> surreal and extremely humbling. it's a great experience. i think it's a lot about the people, though, because you see such great comments. people are saying that, you know, their faith in humanity is restored, and that's the bigges
was not familiar with the area. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in stable condition at a houston hospital. the 88-year-old is being treated for a lingering cough-related bronchitis. the 41st president has been in and out of the hospital recently from complications resulting from bronchitis. >>> and still no word on who bought the second winning powerball ticket in arizona, although a lot of attention is being paid to this guy. he was in a maryland convenience store, he claimed to have the winning ticket and then he ran out. we haven't seen or heard from him since. >>> the united nations general assembly voted thursday to recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state. the news was received with celebration in the west bank, but, palestinians face a harsh reality. their borders are mostly controlled by israel. they have competing governments in the west bank and gaza. what's ahead for palestinians and israelis now? let's bring in nbc correspondent martin fletcher who has covered this region longer than any other journalist in the world. just after the u.n. vote, israel and jewi
to be this way. 1992 when bill clinton unseated george h.w. bush, these same counties, won 60% with the whole foods market. 40% with cracker barrel. so that was a 20-point gap. it's a 48-point gap now. >> there are some older votes, maybe the old fdr coalition that have shifted to the republican party. the democratic coalition of younger voters, hispanics, african-american, is just growing in size. >> if you had to pick a couple of counties that would epitomize that shift, you look at ohio and the white working class counties along the ohio river, coal country, belmont county, ohio, gave john kerry 52% of the vote in 2004. obama only won 44.7% this time around. if you had to look at a county that captures where democrats are doing better and better, it's probably in your home state, chuck, osceola, florida. outside of orlando, kissimmee, st. cloud, huge growing puerto rican population. consider that john kerry only won 47% of the vote there in 2004. guess where obama was this year? 61.7%. >> i challenge anybody to find another county with that dramatic of an uptick, that size of a county. spe
, the closest place to protect his life from persecution. >>> and george h.w. bush is still in the hospital tonight for treatment of a lingering cough and bronchitis. he was supposed to be released over the weekend, but a spokesman from methodist hospital in houston tells "outfront" that doctors are being extra cautious with his care, and are in hurry to send him home. also told us the former president had a good day yesterday and that his conditioning condition is improving. >>> and this just in a moment ago. mali government officials have agreed to end hostilities. this is according to a reuters report. the meeting between the officials and ansar dean and the mnla. those are the tourago rebels. as part of dialogue going forward, the parties agreed to reject any forms of terrorism and extremism and respect human rights. we'll see if that actually moves forward. >>> it has been 488 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? we're drilling for more oil at home. that could mean more jobs. today the energy information administration said american crude oi
, former president george h.w. bush what happened? >> thomas, i've been traveling the last couple of days and i've not seen all the details of what happened there, but obviously the republican party we're at a time of trying to reorganize we've had our heads handed to us a couple of times and national elections 2008 and 2012 and you know, there's some wounds, some sensitivities and right now i think the party's trying to navigate a day at a time, and the policy arena, in the policy arena a lot of those sensitivities come out and in a sense i think the party is trying to find its way now. >> john boehner has been getting pushback from mcconnell over tax cut issues. if tax cuts for the wealthy is the president's red line and doesn't appear to be willing to bend on that and just had an election where the american people used a federalized voice to send a mandate that they wanted the leadership president obama would commdemonstrate in second term because he ran on the issue, isn't it something speaker bainer can get through, get enough republicans to stomach this and avoid pushing everyone to
campaign between bill clinton and george h.w. bush and no one would have predicted that two two dedecades on they would pretty close friends working on projects together. sometimes it's still acrimonious between former competitors, but it this relationship could being akin to that clinton/bush relationship. >> so let's say he doesn't have any public role in the sense of in this administration. matt, what do you think, what does he do next? >> a lot of people are speculating sort of what he might did. it's hard to tell what mitt romney himself is thinking. right now he's enjoying kicking back. you saw photos of him pumping gas, not a generous photo by any stretch, but other photos of him riding roller coasters at disneyland. next who knows. but he is having an office and the office is in boston. so there have been speculation right after the election that he may sort of relocate for all intents and purposes to the west coast and to his house out there. so it does seem like he'll keep his ties in boston at least. >> good to see you gentlemen. thank you. >>> today's tweet of the day mixes po
. >>> george h.w. bush's doctor says he's getting better fast and could be released from the hospital this weekend. the 88-year-old was taken in with bronchitis and is recovering from a lingering cough. his doctor also says he's in great spirits. >>> hillary clinton says the government is still figuring out how to handle washington state and colorado legalizing marijuana. >> i respect those in the region who believe strongly that that would end the problem. i am not convinced of that, just speaking personally. i think when you've got ruthless, vicious people who have made money one way, if it's somehow blocked, they'll figure out another way. they'll do kidnapping. they'll do extortion. >>> not entirely surprising, a bunch of lawmakers are leaving congress to be lobbyist. heath schuler will work for duke energy, jason altmire will become part of florida blue, and geoff davis is forming his own public affairs firm. >>> and here is the must-see video of the day. yes, that's bo, the white house releasing these shots of the first dog checking out all the holiday decorations including a re
, you covered george w. bush, i wrote four books on him. there was not a lot of mystery about what bush felt -- >> a gut player. >> yes, yes, a gut player, and as he said, you know, his call see yum in the spine. obama is an uncertain figure, and, quite frankly, when he writes his own autobiography about his time as president, and there's more excavation of all of this, we're going to discover he's working it out as he plays the game, and somebody was a little more experience under their belt might not be doing that. >> some of the comments made about president obama, incoming with what you said, used to be a sub text, that you're disappointed over overwhelmed? >> not disappointed, but goes to the question of what's our job in the news media? our job is not to be cheerleaders. our job is to be, i mean, "politico" specializes in a 24/7 irritant, and not in a negative way, but you are asking and raising questions, and it is the job, and obama had -- look, what's the -- what's happened in the last many decades in the presidency? increasing concentration of power. there's the catastrophe in
of the things -- i mean come you covered george w. bush. i wrote for books on him. there was a lot of mystery about what bush felt -- yes, a gut player. as he said, his job was to put some calcium in the spine. but i think obama is a little bit more of an uncertain figure and quite frankly when he writes his own autobiography and his time as president and there is more excavation of all of this, we're going to discover that he's working it out as he plays the game. somebody with a little more experience under their belt might not be doing. >> some other comments you he made about president obama including but she just said executive subtext or little disappointed or underwhelmed. >> i wouldn't say disappointed. it goes to the question of what is our job in the news media. our job is to be, "politico" specializes in a 242nd, not in a hostile negative way, but you are asking and raising questions and that's the job. look, what's happened in the last many decades in the presidency, increasing concentration of power. there's the catastrophe in japan in the united states immediate need they want t
dispensaries, more than in the entire eight years under george w. bush. so it is just insane and i'm really disappointed that the white house was willing to say the people of colorado and washington state have spoken, so be it. 1-866-55-press. if you want to get a comment in about pot as well, always welcome. on the my2k, peter what's happening on the social network? >> we'll start in the chat room. current.com/billpress. you can chat with fellow "full court pressers" there and share your my2k reasons. ph says good morning the annual $2k means to me is savings contribution to my i.r.a. i don't have a work pension from my job. taking care of my children, elderly parents and self-employment. >> bill: there it is. if we're lucky right we have a little extra money left over and that we can -- before we pay taxes, put it in an i.r.a. and let that build up and build interest. i've done that for the last 20, 25 years. and $2,000 in an i.r.a. every year really adds up. >> we're also on twitter at bpshow. lots of people
to extend the top two tax rates that were cut 12 years ago now under george w. bush or whether to let those rates go back up to levels their work during the clinton administration. this will be a point of negotiation but i didn't think we're at the point where it is being discussed seriously. host: is the ways and means committee involved in this issue? guest: next year if there is some agreement by the end of the year to do something about the tax code. the president and republicans say they want to reform the tax code. the chairman is close to john boehner and i think they are consulted with each other. the talks already high level between the staff of john boehner and the obama administration. host: could this issue to be treated separately? guest: no. i think it will be decided in some kind of package at the end of the year. it could be a small package but they need to make a decision. host: kenneth, good morning. caller: i don't think the american people will get anything unless we let things go over the fiscal cliff. republicans will never agree to anything. i think obama needs to sti
tolerate will. >> let me take you both back. george w. bush, john kerry. they talked on the phone about healing and they never talked again. and kerry served on the senate. i mean -- okay, but let's imagine. i'm just going to go with will and look upon this as glass half full. what if, roland -- what if mr. obama could find something for romney to do and romney agreed to do it? >> yeah. white house usher. there's a lot of jobs mitt romney could do for the president. look, first of all, if we're going to do this lunch don't do it at the white house. the president should have taken mitt romney to ben's chili bowl, get a half smoked and he could meet the 47%. i have no problems with it but i certainly think for mitt romney it's going to be one heck of a lunch, having to see the president sit there and smile at him and say you know i kicked your behind. you know i did, didn't you? i think there is a role for individuals who run for president of the united states in terms of still operating in the public space. because, again, we need all ideas on the table. so i'm sure the president, he's g
president george h.w. bush is at methodist hospital in houston after being treated for bronchitis. that is according to a family spokesman, jim mcgrath. president bush, who is 88 years old, has been at the hospital for six days now. he has been cured of his bronchitis, but mcgrath says he is still in the hospital because of a lingering cough. we're going to bring you more details as we get them. to today's big meeting at the white house. we don't know what's on the menu when president obama, mitt romney meet for lunch today. that's right. the president is hosting his former rival about 30 minutes or so from now. it is a promise the president made during a victory speech on election night. listen. >> it's only because we love this country deeply. we care so strongly about its future. in the weeks ahead i also look forward to sitting down with governor romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. >> mitt romney, he was stunned by his defeat, but gracious in his concession speech. it looked like everybody was ready to make nice until romney's remarks
i only do at halloween. >> stephanie: we remember being there for the george w. bush inauguration.. [ wah wah ] it should have been a sign of things to come. >> you made me stand out in the cold for your inauguration tickets. >> stephanie: i did? >> yes. >> stephanie: i suck. >> you were wearing open-toed shoes. >> stephanie: granted i was a diva but i didn't know how long you would have to wait. will you go get my tickets. >> and it was cold. >> stephanie: cutting to later that same day. chris lavoie's extremities oh, i hate that. the boner to the president. >> sound byte: it's time to tell the american people what spending cuts they're really willing to make. >> stephanie: oh hush up. senator schumer. >> sound byte: we're waiting for some specifics somewhere for our republicans colleagues to show us that they're serious on negotiations. >> that's specific for you. is this specific enough for you? >> stephanie: theyesterday. >> sound byte: the spending cut proposal must be a rhetorical question, because we have put very specific spending cut proposals. >> stephanie: eric cantor s
the president was planning. joining us this morning, carlos gutierrez. former commerce secretary under george w. bush. also former director of hispanic outreach for the romney campaign. nice to see you, sir. thank you for talking with us. >> pleasure, soledad. >> this morning i was talking to senator blumenthal. he was sort of saying i'm optimistic, i'm hopeful. where do you see that? i don't know that i see optimism. >> no. i agree with you. i'm very disapoented. you know, the big picture is more than just the fiscal cliff. and a lot bigger than do we raise taxes on people who are there to make more than $250,000 a year. this is about the debt. it's about the fiscal deficit. it's about our economy. it's about our future. it's about our children. and president obama is playing a very risky game. because in the end, this is his presidency. and you're going to look back and have a bar chart of deficits and debt. and there's not going to be an asterisk that says it was the republicans' fault. i think we've got to stop playing poker, work together and understand we're working to save the country. >
. these tax cuts were enacted by george w. bush in 2001. still a bad idea then, i believe. at any rate, we had a surplus. it was sold to the american people because we have a surplus, we ought to give money back. we'll have the tax cuts across the board which benefitted mostly the wealthiest of americans. we knew that at the time. they were adopted as a temporary measure. what part of temporary doesn't john boehner understand? what part of temporary don't these republicans understand, right? i mean what is it about suddenly suddenly, it's become gospel. it is sacrosanct that you can never raise tax on the richest of americans. the very ones i'm one of them, who ought to be paying more in taxes. it is just insane! so they were attempted as a temporary measure and they're going to expire in ten years. why in ten years? because everybody knew in ten years things might change. we might no longer have a surplus and we might need the money. that's exactly what the case is today. president obama extended them for two
, which bob dole championed and george h.w. bush signed into law. it's a great law that has helped millions of americans: 154 countries, other nations have endorsed this and saying disabled people should have same rights other americans enjoy like they do in the united states of america. it needed add two-thirds vote. john kerry was the champion who carried it on the floor in the house, in the senate and said come on. here is bob dole. he is here for a reason. >> that's why an 89-year-old veteran one week removed from bethesda naval hospital comes back to the senate on an early december day, because it matters. >> bill: and yet, the republicans, what do they do? they came up one by one, shook bob dole's hand and they stabbed him in the back. it needed a two-thirds vote. it only got six, all democrats voted for it. and there were a handful of republicans who did 689 i am going to give them credit. john mccain, kelly ayotte senator brasso scott brown, susan collins, olympia snowe, dick lugar lease a mckowski. the rest voted no lead by tea partyer mi
was reported during the administration of president george w. bush when you had seemore her sh, saying that came out of vice president cheney's office. >> the one that barack obama has similar to baseball cards put in front of him. >> i'm just saying -- >> you're sitting here, there are reporters out there that provide information leaked by administrations and not like this is somehow a different administration than previous ones. >> let's just remember that this movie isn't the first one to pull the veil back on the killing of osama bin laden. there was extensive coverage right after it happened. "the new yorker" had like a 20-page sitedown interview with several different administration sources. the administration didn't go straight to these filmmakers and say, let us give you the inside scoop. i doubt there are new details in this movie that haven't already emerged. >> do you want to see this movie? >> absolutely. >> yes, absolutely. >> the best buzz this movie could have gotten. >> even watching kathryn bigelow, you know she says controversy always very, very good for your movie. >
for president obama and president george w. bush will cease after 10 years. both men are young, enjoy good health and have long lives ahead of them postpresidency. this bill proposes to extend that security for the remainder of their lives. there's an unintended anomaly, mr. speaker, that were current law not changed, barbara bush would have more safety than if they were president themselves. the person and the symbol of our presidency is safe and secure for the occuration of their natural lives. with that i would yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, before i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, i'd like to observe the great relationship that has been formed on judiciary between myself and the distinguished gentleman from san antonio, texas. for four years, he was the ranking member on his side while i was chair. we worked together. and for two years as chair, i worked as his ranking member. and we had a cordial and i think important relationship in framing and putting forward the issues for the commi
hear them say that, too. you go back to when george w. bush said we're going to bring democracy to the middle east. his way of doing it was bombing iraq or iran. bombing afghanistan and -- >> pointing the bayonet. >> bill: there was no democracy. now it is happening under obama. we of have no choice but to be on the side of history here. >> try to influence it as best we can. >> bill: joe cirincione, evan, join in. we haven't talked about egypt yet. 1-866-55-press. >> announcer: this is the "full court press." the "bill press show" live on your radio and on current tv. who watch our show to be able to come away armed with facts and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. (vo) when the clock runs out when the last card is played what will be remembered? explore the lives of the famous and infamous who changed our world forever. experience the drama, back to back to back. of all the hours in all their days, the ones you'll never forget are the final 24. the fi
continuing the george w. bush tax cuts? >> brian: for everybody. >> gretchen: for everybody. folks, this is all going back to the campaign. it was all about getting elected and saying the right things then and saying what he probably really believes now. >> steve: but it also has a lot to do with what the american people are being told. how many outlets are you going to see that sound bite where you can see clearly the president of the united states completely did a 180. you might hear it on talk radio. it's the same reason we're hearing so much in the main stream media, but we got to raise taxes. you don't hear so much about we're in a gigantic hole with it comes to spending. it's one of the things we have done here at fox news channel since we signed on, what, 16 1/2 years ago. you can trust us to try to do the best to tell the truth. and that is where we are today. >> gretchen: we also give you the headlines. we'll start with a fox news alert. just over an hour ago, kate middleton was released from the hospital. you can see her here in this new video smiling and carrying flowers
. and those estate taxes revert to the levels they were before george w. bush was in office. those taxes were lowered to help us get through a couple recessions. this is unfair. people should be entitled to pass along their hard earned money. the concentration of wealth needs to be kept in check. it doesn't create dynastys. that was one of the earliest goals of this tax. as you said, the difficulty here is dividing up a house, or a farm or a going concern to pay a portion of the tax that is owed. that presents a problem for families having to pay that estate tax can affect the growth of family businesses. it's been fluctuating a lot in recent years. family run businesses can't plan for it. in the end it -- that part of things, the number of people who will actually have to pay that tax on big family estates farms or businesses is estimated to be about 50 people. 50 different estates next year. it's mostly a principle discussion. >> opponents call it the death tax. i haven't heard about you, in all the discussions over the past few weeks what might be over the deal. i haven't heard for republi
to negotiate a settlement between israel and the palestinians. george w. bush could not care. he wanted to fight the war on terror. and he thought the palestinian question was not the issue of the hour. and then came president obama. and he paid this conflict no attention. for what you have now is 12 years without any major movement on the palestinian question. and that's why this vote had this kind of impact. >> let's talk now about this report that israel is planning to build thousands of new houses in the west bank. the spokesman for the state department victoria nuland talked about that. listen to this and we'll discuss it. >> yeah. >> we reiterate our long standing opposition to settlement activity in east jerusalem construction and announcements. we also believe that these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations. >> suggesting that perhaps this is a step backward for palestine. >> well, i think there are reports from israel in fact that tell us that maybe these settlements will not be built because they are in a very sensitive area. what you
driving. aides to former president george h.w. bush expect him to be released in the coming days. bush 41 is in stable condition at a hospital in houston where he is being treated for a cough related to bronchitis. those are the top stories right now. back to you. >> shannon: peter, thank you. >>> u.n. ambassador susan rice is on the short list to replace secretary of state hillary clinton. but it would be controversial choice for obama, one that key republicans say they plan to block. here for a former balanced debate. editor of chief of the washington free deacon. gentlemen, welcome. >> great to be with you. >> shannon: does president obama really want susan rice under oath in front of a group of some, some will be hostile senators who have questions about benghazi? >> i think if he chooses to go that direction, it's -- he has that right. now look, susan rice went through the talks last week. some went well, some didn't go that well. but i think that overall, if it's the president's -- it is his option to do it. i think right now, you know, it looks like he probably will. but i don't th
and regretting that as much as george w. bush saying he looked into vladimir putin's eyes and saw his soul. this is, after all -- please explain to us, if you will, while all the gushing goes forth from the white house and others, explain how we got to this point where the muslim promised after mubarak's fall that they would not seek power and then they grabbed ultimate power and then he consolidated power and then he crushed the judiciary on thanksgiving day, and now we're sitting here wondering whether in the words of rich lowery we're in a position where it's meet the new pharaoh, same as the old pharaoh. >> well, this comes up in our interview as well. there are two lines of thinking on this. so some would argue and morsi himself would argue that he was simply trying to protect the constitutional process from a judiciary that was pro mubarak, that was trying to actually quash this democratic process and thwart democracy and freedom in egypt. that's the pro morsi line of thinking. the other line of thinking is that the muslim brotherhood is more hard line than they would claim to be, th
percent of the vote. >> so in 2000 you got 80 plus percent of the vote? >> not too bad. >> and george w. bush won the presidency. >> i see where you're going. >> no. i'm just saying, just people need to look at the fact that there's more than one reality. barack obama wasn't the only person who won. i'm not saying this to denigrate the president or elevate the president. i'm explaining the negotiations right here. you get 80% -- i got 80%, you know, when i ran in, you know -- actually ran unopposed in '98. in '9d6 i got 83%. i didn't give a damn what they said. they didn't call and say i got elected, joe, with 52% of the vote, you've got to go with me. i said that's great, mr. president, i got 80%. >> he probably did do that because he tried to make social security reform the centerpiece. >> right, and it didn't work. >> republicans didn't support it. >> it didn't work. david? >> joe, isn't one of the big questions here what boehner ultimately does is a legislative strategy, not just trying to deal with folks who won in their districts and who are opposed to taxes, but does he put a bil
because now there comparisons this morning being made between president obama and president george w. bush overplaying a mandate, one through the election but overplaying it to the point where it would backfire as it did in president bush's case. >> what the president has asked for is 1.6 trillion net of new revenue. if you're going to get the kind of major entitlement reform that i and others believe you need to do to make sure that medicare and social security and other programs exist 20 years from now, there's that relationship to making sure there's a big enough revenue number. what he's laid out in terms of the rates just gets you a trillion. you will need net additional 500 billion beyond that i don't think he's overasked. everybody knows for those of us that have been successful, we'll pay more. more semantics about what format. let's have rates go back up. if we can really exercise the kind of discipline and tax reform that simpson-bowles and gang of six talked about it, we need to do that. >> speaker boehner would argue he's put a solution on the table that he'll compromise on ded
on their principles. no, i think it strengthens -- listen, let's be honest here -- after george w. bush, there wasn't much of a republican party left. the fiscal conservatives have now been into the republican party -- >> steve? >> i was going to say the public is conflicted over the question you asked rick. all the polling data show americans -- >> polling data, i know who conducts the polls and how they're asked. >> and they -- >> let's ask people if they want to pay taxes, they want to cut spending, they say no. a good leader will convince them. >> it's actually the point i'm going to make, rick. the polling data show americans do not want bigger government, they only want all of the things that bigger government offers. >> they don't want to pay for them. >> and what i think has not been done is the politician going to the public and saying you want this, this is what this costs. we're going to have some data tomorrow on the fiscal cliff from our all america survey. and it's going to very much make this point that the things that, by the way, republicans and democrats both oppose are things lik
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're going to do. >>> an update on the health of former president george h.w. bush. he's in stable condition at a houston hospital. he was admitted a week ago and is being treated for bronchitis. his office says the former president is expected to be released in the next few days. the former president is 88 years old. he is now our oldest living former president. >>> major question this morning, about the stalled middle east peace process. what happens now? the palestinian authority, they did receive a giant endorsement yesterday when the united nations general assembly voted to upgrade its status to non-member state. >> but the united states and israel strongly, strongly oppose this resolution, claiming the unilateral move is no substitute for direct negotiations with israel. cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott has more on this developing story in washington at the united nations and the middle east. >> good morning, john. as we said the vote is really a global endorsement of the establishment of a palestinian state. and it gives the palestinians a bit of hope and a bit of dignity aft
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and botticelli was that we all believe transcend any party label. i especially thank president george h. w. bush for his indispensable leadership and support. the coaching vote on the convention on the right with people with disabilities, it is a proud moment for the senate and the latest chapter of an untold story, including the americans that they know first-class democracy can tolerate second-class citizens. in recent years, we have recognized that people with disabilities are integral in our society. and we cannot afford to waste their talents. nor can we reclaim our beloved america demonstrably come the home of the brave from the land of the free, as we overlook the abilities that trump any disabilities. as the ranks of the disabled and their families well, so it is popular support for measures to ensure quality and the quality of these measures. business touch nearly every family in america. eight years ago, dedicating the national world war ii memorial on the lawn, i tried to put into words what makes america worth fighting for, if need be, dying for. he spoke of the american promise. rea
trust anything democrats agreed to when we have had a history going back to george h. w. bush where he promised to raise taxes, and the democrats were going to lower -- cut spending $2 for every dollar that he raised? what happened, he had said, read my lips, no new taxes. would he agree to do this, the democrats piled on. why in the world should they trust anything the democrats promise as far as spending cuts are concerned. guest: let's go back to the earlier question, do they live up to the deficit-reduction law's the past. it is true they sometimes pass spending cuts and then reverse them. -- laws they have passed. it is true they sometimes pass spending cuts and then reverse them. it kind of works on both sides, but i suppose why should republicans trust democrats? democrats also did not know if they should trust republicans. that is why we're in a little bit of a gridlock here. host: we began our conversation with sam goldfarb of cq roll call by talking about a so- called tax extenders. a quick definition? guest: temporary tax breaks usually directed to the small type of business
to george w. bush not to enact these tax cuts. they said it would woesen the budget deficit, decrease quality, and fail to produce economic growth. well what happened? [ bell chimes ] >> stephanie: exactly that. [ ♪ patriotic music ♪ ] >> stephanie: since then the budget deficit has ballooned, the economy has spiraled into the greatest decline since the great depression history has proved that 450 economists were exactly correct. this could push the american economy off of a fiscal cliff, am i missing something here? can it be such a bad thing. not really said the cbo. if congress extents current policy the debt and deficit will increase slowing the economy and dramatically increasing interest costs. because of the deal congress and the president made last year it be result in across the board budget reductions still there will be no decreases in social security medicare and veteran's benefits. defense spending would take a big hit, but because of a windown in afghanistan some military leaders are asking for less than congress is willing to shell out. from 19
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